Monday, March 16, 2009

Alice Waters on 60 Minutes

In case you missed it, Alice Waters was on 60 Minutes last night. One of the nation's most important voices for organic, locally raised foods, Ms. Waters first gained fame for her renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif.

In addition to authoring several books, she has worked tirelessly to promote an "edible schoolyard" curriculum that's become a model for the nation. Last night, she again urged President Obama to build an organic vegetable garden at the White House.

Incidentally, another hard-working advocate of a White House garden is Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International. Learn more about his "Eat the View" campaign.

During last night's program, Lesley Stahl asked Ms. Waters whether her critics were correct in believing her emphasis on organic foods and eating local was "elitest."

The slow-food maven replied, “I feel that good food should be a right and not a privilege, and it needs to be without pesticides and herbicides. And everybody deserves this food. And that’s not elitist.”

Amen to that.

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